The Benefits of Walking for Mental Health Wellbeing...

February 3, 2018

 “When there is really nothing left to do or believe, except to remember, walking helps retrieve the absolute simplicity of presence, beyond all hope, before any expectation.” 

 

― Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking

 

There is mounds of research that shows that physical exercise can help improve one’s mental health and wellbeing – but did you know that something as simple as taking a walk also comes with reams of benefits?

 

Oakleaf Enterprise is the only mental health charity in Surrey working as a social enterprise to provide training and activities for people living with poor mental health in our community. Through their placement at Oakleaf, our clients can gain up-to-date qualifications, build their confidence, reduce social isolation and nurture their physical and mental wellbeing.

 

We take a holistic approach to living with and managing mental health. Out of the many activities we run for our clients includes river walks, where clients meet at HQ and take a well-paced stroll along the River Wey. They have the opportunity to bring their dog and also meet new people and socialise.

 

Walking can not only help you collect your thoughts, but research shows that it can help fight help mental illnesses, such as depression as well. Along with this walking also:

 

  • releases endorphins which improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety

  • improve sleep patterns

  • is a sociable activity that can help improve mental health and overcome feelings of isolation

  • allows you to spend more time outdoors and stay in contact with the natural environment – for example by walking in parks, woodland and green spaces – can have a positive effect on mental health

  • helps you feel fitter and helps controlling weight to improve your body image and confidence

 

The list could go on! Don’t look on walking as a chore but as a pleasurable activity in which you take time to reflect, relax and explore your natural surroundings.

 

The Guildford Walkfest 2018 is the perfect opportunity to get into walking and to discover our beautiful town and surrounding countryside.

 

To learn more about Oakleaf and the vital services we provide or to get involved and support our work, please visit our website or alternatively, get in touch with Camilla on 01483 303649  or via camillidabreau@oakleaf-enterprise.org

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